Wales marks the centenary of World War One

August 4th 2014 marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War One. Millions of soldiers from Wales and the rest of the UK enlisted to fight in the conflict, which lasted for four years between 1914 and 1918.

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'We must remember the sacrifices made'

As Wales marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Dyfed-Powys police is unveiling a plaque to all those officers who served. Simon Prince, Chief Constable of the force said those served showed "exceptional bravery".

Poppies in bloom Credit: PA

“Dyfed-Powys Police has a fascinating history, with many officers serving in both the military and policing during their careers. It is fitting that we mark this centenary, and we thank the public for the very positive response and immense interest shown to our request for names and information. The replies we received contained a wealth of facts and details relating to the officers The exceptional bravery and sacrifice by these officers who volunteered for service in The Great War will never be forgotten.

“It is important that we all take time to come together and remember the great sacrifices made by the people who gave their lives so we could live our lives freely. By reflecting on sacrifices of the fallen, and the great privileges that we enjoy today, we honour and pay tribute to their bravery, commitment and dedication. By remaining in all our thoughts and memories, they will all live on forever.”

– Simon Prince, Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police

Plaque to police officers who fought in the Great War

Shells still litter the floor of Mametz Wood where Welsh soldiers fought Credit: ITV Wales

Dyfed-Powys Police will unveil a plaque in memory of those police officers who fought in the First World War. It will be displayed in the Dyfed-Powys Police HQ in Llangunnor, Carmarthen.

Police officers were except from conscription due to their occupation but many still chose to fight - with many not returning.

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Rhyl hospital to lay wreath for Great War fallen

Tributes will be paid to those from Rhyl who lost their lives in the Great War Credit: PA

The Royal Alexandra Hospital in Rhyl will hold a special ceremony tonight to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The hospital has a First World War Memorial depicting the Rhyl community members who lost their lives during the conflict.

A wreath will be laid at 7pm this evening, followed by two minutes' silence. The Last Post will also be played.

As well as representatives from the health board, the Army Reserve, Rhyl Youth Marching Band, and the Royal British Legion will take part.

Children's choir marks First World War centenary

A choir from Llanelli is marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with a special production.

Youngsters from the Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers in costume Credit: Jeremy Williams

The Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers will dress up in period costume for a musical tribute titled The Journey of Sacrifice. It'll include around 60 singers aged between seven and 16 years old. They'll be singing some of the most well-known war time tunes, including Pack Up Your Troubles.

Young singers in costume to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War Credit: Jeremy Williams

“As a Welsh choir, it is very poignant to sing the popular war song Pack Up Your Troubles as this was written by two Welsh brothers, one of which committed suicide as a result of the war and the popularity of the song being sung by service men as they marched to their fate on the battlefield.”

– Nikkila Thomas, senior chorister
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